Mini Re-Confirms Plug-In is Coming

DEC 4 2013 BY ERIC LOVEDAY 5

Next-Generation Mini Cooper to Get Electrified

Next-Generation Mini Cooper to Get Electrified

Peter Schwarzenbauer, BMW’s board member in charge of the Mini division, is quoted by BMW Blog as saying this in regards to electrifying a future Mini:

2014 Mini Cooper

2014 Mini Cooper

“It fits perfectly with the brand, and I am convinced that we will offer a suitable solution.”

This is not the first time that Schwarzenbauer commented on a plug-in Mini.  Previously, he had stated this:

“There will be electrification within the Mini brand, including a plug-in hybrid for certain. We’re still investigating pure EVs.”

A head honcho doesn’t mention plug-in vehicles on multiple occasions unless one is in the works.  So, consider this to imply that Mini is already actively working on a plug-in version of its next generation Cooper.

We believe the plug-in Mini will debut in 2015.  If the Mini expects to wheel it out any later than 2015, then the automaker may as well just concede to the soon-to-be-stiff plug-in competition.

Source: BMW Blog

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5 Comments on "Mini Re-Confirms Plug-In is Coming"

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Kevin

Done right and they will have a waiting list.

I would by a plug in mini as my next commuter.

We need some style in the EV/ plug in offerings!

Benjamin

I still don’t get the stylistic appeal of mini, but to each there own, hopefully it turns out better than the BMW i3

Brian

FWIW, I think the mini is a classy looking car, but the Fiat 500 is just awkward and ugly. The difference is mostly in the roof line and the Fiat looking like it was just rear-ended. I know of people who have the opposite preferences. So yes, to each his/her own.

Ultimately, we need enough of a choice in EVs that style isn’t holding anyone back. Today, much of the world has two options – Leaf or Volt.

Anon

I like the idea of a retro styled electric car…

Nate

I do too. Have a friend with a 500e. They love it.